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Akissi

My Introduction to Graphic Novels

Shamefully, I have to admit that I read my first graphic novel two months ago. I wrote them off as childish and because of my ignorance I have missed out on great books over the years. As with most of the books I read, I look for characters that I see myself in: characters that are beautiful, smart, responsible and passionate about the world around them. What makes it extra special for me is finding these qualities in Black people across the African diaspora. Surprisingly, finding graphic novels with such specific criteria was not hard to find in our catalog.  

Little Book of Witchcraft

A Coven of Witch Books

Exploring your inner witch has been quite vogue in popular culture, from “basic witch” memes to #witchesofinstagram. What does it really mean, and are you interested in learning more? These books might be able to help you get started, or take a deep dive into developing an active practice.

Read it Hot

The Express Collection

Hot & Popular Books at Deanwood

Looking for access to extremely popular material often found on long hold waitlists? Having to wait until everyone else reads a book, before you even see it; a process that could take months? Well, you are in luck. To alleviate this dilemma, the Library is piloting an Express Collection.    

Revenge of the Analog

The Retro-Tech Revival

Visions of a Less Digital, More Fulfilling Future

A prevalent mythology of the future, pushed by the digital tech industry, assumes it will be increasingly digital. This trajectory is often thought to be inevitable and that therefore individuals and institutions have no choice but to embrace it. I find the books below stimulating because they reject this inevitability and imagine a future less dominated by digital media than it is now.

Sun is Also a Star

People of Color Protagonists in Romance-ish Novels

Growing up, romance novels were not on my radar. At all. I thought they were cheesy and I had the image of Fabio associated with the genre. Additionally, I never found Young Adult romance books with characters that were not white or middle class. However! I have gotten older and wiser and now *love* cheesy romance and romance-ish novels (fiction books with a sprinkle of romance) and have found books with fulfilling diverse characters of different races and socioeconomic statuses.

Punk Rock Jesus

Divinity in Graphic Novels

Comic books and graphic novels, much like all of literature, have touched upon every topic under the sun. The following titles showcase the inventive ways writers and artists have depicted the Divine in graphic works for adults.

Kushiel's Dart

Fantasy PRIDE

Fantasy Novels Featuring LGBTQ+ Characters

Nerd culture is all the rage these days, and it’s never been cooler to be into science fiction, horror, and fantasy than it is right now. Fans are diving deep into mythologies and histories of invented worlds, finding themselves in the sword-fighting, spell-casting, dragon-riding, and laser-shooting heroes that dominate our media. But what if you’re a queer lover of space opera and epic fantasy and superhero smackdowns?

Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution

Post-Carbon Living

Individual, Family & Community Adaptation to Life after Fossil Fuels

The lifestyles of most of us in the industrialized world depend heavily on fossil fuels. Despite its normalcy for many of us, the era of fossil-fueled extravagant living will look like a fleeting moment within a larger view of human history. Formed over half a billion years, fossil fuels are non-renewable, depleting, declining in quality and net energy, and their contribution to climate change, pollution, and other forms of ecological degradation make perpetuity of this way of life impossible. Either we change voluntarily, or let crises increasingly force us to change.

Silmarillion

On to the Next Game (of Thrones)

Upcoming Fantasy Adaptations to Fill the Game of Thrones-Sized Hole In Your Heart

With HBO’s mega-hit Game of Thrones about to begin its eighth and final season, television networks and streaming platforms are looking to fill the inevitable void that will be left when the juggernaut fantasy series concludes in May. The success of Thrones, based off of George R.R.

anna karenina

Romance with a Compelling Setting

One of the most essential principles of books that delve into the different ways we love people is that the book needs to be felt. Part of what makes that happen are the characters themselves: how realistically they are portrayed and how well the author is able to make them feel human, or how much of an affinity they have to our own sensibilities (or to what we can imagine as readers). These affinities ground themselves in the characters, but also in the settings of the books.

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